Private companies are policing online hate without independent oversight or regulation, which has serious implications and poses risks for basic human rights and freedoms.
After violence in Charlottesville, internet firms are erasing bigoted content. But should private companies serve as unaccountable regulators and be responsible for policing complex social issues?
British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks on June 4, in the wake of a terror attack in London.
Cracking down on extremism online won’t solve the problem of extremist violence, will inevitably censor speech that's important to protect and risks harming political dissidents and democracy itself.
Can the world come together as one to fight terrorism online?
British Prime Minister Theresa May called for an international cooperative effort to drive terrorists off the internet. How well have other global efforts to manage the internet fared?
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As the Trump administration settles into office, regulators and lawmakers have big plans for shifting the country's media landscape, with potentially profound effects on the public.
As the Trump administration takes shape, Ajit Pai will lead the FCC. How it regulates the internet – or doesn't – is coming into focus. Experts describe what's at stake, and why it matters.
The Digital Economy Bill would effectively create a hackable register of pornography users and block 'unconventional' material.
Checking-in after class in the city of Cebu, Philippines.
The developing world is waking up to the internet. We need to know how new generations of children use it.
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This year marks the 30th birthday of .au domains. We've come a long way but there's big change ahead.
Innovating with 3D printing offers huge promise, such as these 3D-printed microscopes.
3D printing is opening doors to amazing opportunities and benefits – as well as some undeniable dangers. Patience and caution about regulating it will yield more innovation.
Not all online traffic is the same; should we treat it the same anyway?
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Not all internet traffic is the same. Despite the recent legal win for network neutrality, many questions remain.
The 'right to be forgotten' won't always help when someone posts something harmful about you – but there are other options.
More jaw jaw, less war war.
Sanctions against Russia and China would only escalate cyber-attacks, when what's needed is international agreement.
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If there's to be one committee to rule them all, it needs to be handled right.
You may read paper, online is no different.
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On Human Experiments – behavioural research is now big online, and you're likely to be part of it whether you know it or not.
There needs to be rules that govern what takes place in the cloud as there are for what occurs on the ground.
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All interaction depends on rules, written or unwritten, to ensure a smooth ride. But in cyberspace there are none.
Revenge porn is a serious breach of privacy, but social media sites and the law are starting to crack down.
Social media companies and the law are both beginning to seriously combat revenge porn.
The internet and cloud computing transcend borders. Now it’s time for international law to catch up.
Data courtesy Marc Imhoff of NASA GSFC and Christopher Elvidge of NOAA NGDC. Image by Craig Mayhew and Robert Simmon, NASA GSFC.
Cloud computing, by its very nature, transcends location, geography and territorial boundaries. Data accessed in one country might be stored half way across the world, or even in servers in multiple countries…
Caught in the moment, by the camera and the net.
Some achieve celebrity, and some have celebrity thrust upon them, to paraphrase Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. This may be how Alex Geutsitskiy and Katie Verkovod feel, a couple from Oregon who were captured…
Print or pixels, words hurt the same.
Video games, Jane Austen, and a Welsh footballer: it might seem these three have nothing in common, but all have been the basis for online abuse targeted specifically at women. Of course, both men and…
Some images are illegal even to see, an online crime scene.
A cartoon can land you in court, as happened to a man recently convicted of possessing non-photographic images – cartoons, drawings – of a sexual nature featuring children. Clearly child pornography, more…